26 Nov 2018

Autumn in New York & Boston

First time going to America. For one reason or another (length of flight, distance, other priorities), the West side of the planet had always been neglected in my travels since I mostly focused traveling East, which is where I currently reside. However, last October that long dry American spell came finally to an end and a trip I (have to confess) never really see coming materialise itself almost out of thin air (due to the conjunctions of 2 factors that were out of my hands: an unmissable deal and the persuasion of my partner). In the end, during our week-long October break, we pack a meek suitcase and we embarked on a 20 hours trip to Boston. Our plan was to stay there just 2 nights before moving to New York for another 5 nights. All in all, our US week went very smoothly (if a bit chilly at times, specially in windy Boston), and we had plenty of time to see and explore most of the places we wanted, trying to find a healthy balance between culture, entertainment and shopping. I carried the  Lumix GX80 with just one lens, the G X Vario 12-35 f2.8 zoom, and that was more than adequate for most of the photo opportunities we encountered throughout our trip. Here is a few collection of snapshots grabbed during those days. One thing was clear at the end of our stay there, though: we can't wait to go back again!

Central Park I, GX80 + Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm
Central Park II, GX80 + Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm
Central Park III, GX80 + Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm
Central Park IV, GX80 + Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm
Central Park V, GX80 + Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm
Between the trees, GX80 + Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm
The hut, GX80 + Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm
Still cloud, GX80 + Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm
NYC panorama from The Met, GX80 + Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm
World Trade Center, GX80 + Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm
The Met and beyond, GX80 + Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm
Bethesda Terrace, GX80 + Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm
Brooklyn Bridge I, GX80 + Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm
Brooklyn Bridge II, GX80 + Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm
Boston I, GX80 + Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm
Boston II, GX80 + Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm
Pedestrians, GX80 + Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm
No Smoking, GX80 + Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm
Reflections I, GX80 + Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm
Reflections II, GX80 + Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm
The guard, GX80 + Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm
Two ladies at night, GX80 + Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm

6 Apr 2018

Silk & Gold: My second Thai wedding

Five years ago I took a night train to the rural area of Isan, some 500 km from Bangkok, to photograph my first Thai traditional wedding. Last January, as in a déjà vu, I boarded the same night train and arrived at the remote hamlet which was my destination with the first lights of day. The purpose was, again, the same as a lustrum before: to photograph a Thai wedding, my second. The ceremony followed an identical pattern this time around, and even the people gathered were mostly the same, for everybody in the small town had been invited, as it's customary in such traditional places. One thing was different, however: I had less time to get ready and wander around during the ceremony, which meant my focus was tightly kept on the couple throughout the whole event, and so the pictures are more limited in scope. Nevertheless, since I already explained the procedure the first time, I will let the images do all the talking and present here only a brief selection of the highlights of the ceremony. Happy marriage to the lovely couple and thank you for placing your trust in me on such an important occasion!

The wedding party, GX80 + Panasonic Leica 42.5mm
Groom and bride, GX80 + Panasonic Leica 42.5mm
The bracelet, GX80 + Panasonic Leica 42.5mm
The groom, GX80 + Panasonic Leica 42.5mm
The bride, GX80 + Panasonic Leica 42.5mm
The candle, GX80 + Panasonic Leica 42.5mm
Praying, GX80 + Panasonic Leica 42.5mm
The bride II, GX80 + Panasonic Leica 42.5mm
Groom and bride II, GX80 + Panasonic Leica 42.5mm
Rice rain, GX80 + Panasonic Leica 42.5mm
Rice, GX80 + Panasonic Leica 42.5mm
The candle II, GX80 + Panasonic Leica 42.5mm
Remains, GX80 + Panasonic Leica 42.5mm
Gifts, GX80 + Panasonic Leica 42.5mm
Family bonds, GX80 + Panasonic Leica 42.5mm
The dowry, GX80 + Panasonic Leica 42.5mm
The kiss, GX80 + Panasonic Leica 42.5mm